Thursday, September 5, 2013
We all need it.
We all want it.
And we all, to some extent, wrestle with the sin that so easily entangles when money is involved.
There are over 250 Scriptures that have to do with money.
So it's clearly a topic God cares about.
Recently, Grayden has been asking more and more questions about money.
We play a favorite board game of mine called The Allowance Game where he's learning to identify American coins & dollars; as well as learning to add and subtract dollars and cents.
Countless trips with me to run errands has taught him that money is required to purchase goods and services.
And missing his working dad all day has helped him to understand the basic concept that one must work to earn money. Mom can't just print more off or go out back and pick some off of a tree.
And so...his curiousity about and for money has begun to grow. And lately he keeps asking us for jobs to work around the house in order to earn his own money.
All good things.
Yet, I can't help but wish his curiousity about and for money would slow down a bit.
The ignorance of children in regards to money is frankly refreshing. They are free from its devisive and dangerous grip. They avoid its sinful snare toward greed, discontentment, and idolatry. But money is a reality we can't shelter our children from.
If you are like me you desire that your children have a healthy spiritual heart in regards to money but you fear the world's views regarding money will thwart all your hopes and efforts toward this.
As I've thought more and more about this, I've been drawn to reflect on what 1 Timothy 6:5-10 teaches in regards to money:
"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
Such words of wisdom written in God's word.
Money IS the root of so much evil in this world.
It IS, in fact, the reason for so much ruin and destruction all around us.
And it absolutely draws people away from Jesus causing them unimaginable grief.
I recently watched a documentary, entitled Nefarious about the global epidemic of sex trafficking. What a horrible and wretched reality this modern form of slavery is. And the truth that kept surfacing throughout the entire film is that people are sex trafficked cause its great money. People bank from the slavery of others, particularly young girls.
One pimp explained it like this: Before trafficking women for sex he was a drug dealer. He would bank one time when selling drugs; one exchange, one payment. But when he sold women, he banked over and over again. For each woman he trafficked, he had three years of money making with an average of 10 money exchanges for sex a day. In a strictly business sense, trafficking was way more lucrative than drug dealing.
This reality is sickening to think about. It nearly makes me lose my breakfast even writing the words. But friends, it is the reality we live in today. "Money is the root of all kinds of evil"...sex trafficking included.
Some people will do ANYTHING for money, even the worst of evils.
So, I feel drawn to pray that my children will NOT be enslaved to idolatry over money and become so consumed with lust for it that they will do anything...even all kinds of evils. Rather, I want to pray that they would learn to live with content hearts regarding money and only crave that which they truly need (an amount only God can make clear).
Furthermore, I've begun to pray that if my children are blessed with a profession/job where they make good money that they would recognize God to be its source and that they would following the teaching of 1 Timothy 6:17-19 which reads:
"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."
So, I also feel drawn to pray that my children will NEVER put their hope in wealth but in God alone. And that if they are blessed to have money that they would be generous with it and willing to share; full of good deeds.
Join me in prayer,
Jesus, Would You protect my children from the enslavement to the idolatry of money? I pray they would grasp the temporary reality and pleasure of money AND the potential evil surrounding it. May they avoid its temptations toward evil; may they avoid foolish and harmful desires for it. Please protect their hearts from a consuming lust for it. I pray they would put their hope in You and trust You to provide. May they be content with only what they truly need. And finally, I pray that they would be generous with their money; willing to share it with others; rich in good deeds!